This year has been filled with high-end spam, sushi burritos, elevated toast (whatever that means), and no-tip restaurants. Some of us are tired of paying for fancy toast and not tipping.
We have our eyes set on what the trends of the future will be and, luckily for us, Whole Foods is predicting the top ten food trends of 2017.
1. Beyond Sushi
If you're like (most of) us, your knowledge of Japanese food doesn't go much further than sushi. Whole Foods is predicting that " ponzu, miso, mirin, sesame oil and plum vinegar," as well as Japanese-style pickles and seaweed varieties will be bigger than a $90 platter of sushi in 2017.
We're not sure exactly how large that platter would be, but Japanese condiments and foods will be big.
2. Coconut on Coconut (on Coconut?)
There's a song that goes, "You put the lime in the coconut, you drink 'em both up." Whole Foods thinks that 2017's theme song may be, "You put the coconut in the coconut, add more coconut, and serve with shaved coconut."
From amino acids to tortillas, coconut-flavored foods (and beauty products) are slated to be prevalent in the upcoming year.
3. Creative Condiments
Were those Japanese condiments not enough for you? Some examples of the creative condiments WF says you'll see a lot more of next year include "black sesame tahini, habanero jam, [and] ghee" as well as "beet salsa, Mexican hot chocolate spreads, sambal oelek ... Mina Harissa, and Frontera Adobo Sauces (Ancho, Chipotle and Guajillo varieties)".
Yeah, we're excited too.
4. Goodbye Veganism, Hello Flexitarianism
Other than sushi burritos, 2016 has introduced a wide variety of incredibly strict diets. If you've just jumped onto the vegan train, we're sad to say that the next stop is not Vegetable Town.
Instead, WF predicts that the coming year will be filled with part-time dieters. If you eat, say, a Paleo diet five days a week, perhaps you'll eat more modern foods on those other two days.
5. Meal Prep: It Makes Sense
People want healthier foods, and Whole Foods is seeing an increase in healthy, pre-made meal sales. You'll see more oven-ready meals in 2017.
They also think that using pre-cooked ingredients from, say, the WF salad bar is a great way to start a meal.
6. Natural Beauty, Accessible On-the-Go
While this isn't really (read: at all) a food trend prediction, it is interesting. Citing "athleisure" as the driving force behind this, natural beauty products that are available on-the-go are going to pop up a lot more next year.
Depending on how natural they are, you may be able to eat them. Please don't, though.
7. Pasta, Re-Envisioned
News flash: Black bean pasta is SO good. Whole Foods feels that grain- and pulse-based pastas will continue rising through the end of this year and into the next. Packed with protein, these pastas are quite healthy.
They'll also mimic that feeling you get after stuffing your face with "real" pasta without the same sort of ensuing guilt. Calories are calories, but at least these ones are made up of some protein!
8. Products from Byproducts
No, that wasn't a riddle. Have you ever been to a brewery that makes dog treats from the most recent brew's spent grains? (If you answered no to that question, please move to Denver or Austin.)
This is the idea that WF thinks will further blossom in 2017. The "scraps" of this year are the dog treats (and other stuff) of next year!
9. Purple Foods
Pop-Tarts with purple icing are OK, but they're not the purple foods of tomorrow. Black rice, purple cauliflower, "purple asparagus, elderberries, açaí, purple sweet potatoes, [and] purple corn and cereal" are among the list of foods that WF predicts as super trendy next year.
They're often nutrient-dense and packed to the brim with antioxidants, so it'd behoove you to try some out.
10. Wellness Tonics
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We've seen and enjoyed some wellness tonics this year, so we're super stoked to see them lined up as favorables for 2017. No, these aren't cold-pressed juices, but they will probably cost as much if not more.
Ingredients like apple cider vinegar and turmeric will be the driving force behind many of these tinctures, tonics, and other wellness-promoting beverages, says Whole Foods.